Ryan Mariner Downing

November 29, 1983 - December 5, 1996

From the age of 4 Ryan was a fiercely proud member of the Whitehorse Glacier Bears Swim Club. His love of swimming competition was complete. You could not be around Ryan without becoming dedicated to the team. He worked hard every length, never missed a practice and win or lose, he loved to race for the sheer joy of it.

On 5 December 1996, one week after his 13th birthday Ryan collapsed in gym class due to a problem with his heart. Ryan, may your love of competition be shared and enjoyed by generations of aspiring Yukon swimmers.


Each year the Whitehorse Glacier Bears hold a swim meet in memory of Ryan Downing. Hainwes Alaska Swimmers attend and its a great event for all.

Photos from Ryan Downing Memorial Swim Meet are now available in the gallery.  You'll need to login to see the pictures (contact WGB office for login info if you don't have it).  Harry Kern Photography pictures of the Ryan Downing Memorial meet.